Bruins coach Cassidy ready to return to playoffs

Condon put the team on his back and helped push them to second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Bruins were outshot 12-0 in the second period. Weird how that works, right? The Sens return to the playoffs with former Tampa Bay Lightning bench boss Guy Boucher in his first year as head coach of Ottawa.

That pressure might change on Saturday, knowing what the Senators now know: with a bit more pressure, they could have been the ones to exit on top. It was the first time the Senators had held an opponent without a shot in an entire period in their history, and the first time the Bruins went shot-less for an entire period in a playoff game since 1939. He mentioned that he hasn't seen a difference (or at least a difference he's revealing) between Claude Julien's and Bruce Cassidy's Bruins. For Cassidy, that number has jumped up to 3.37. They did not allow one shot on net for Boston. The Bruins winger could either be the series' MVP or the goat Bruins fans blame for the team being on the penalty kill at terrible times. Methot has been out since having the tip of a finger severed by a Sidney Crosby slash March 23. The Sens are also getting an emotional boost as Clarke MacArthur has returned after suffering a career-threatening concussion almost 18-months ago. It's not going out on a limb to say that Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson (25-11-4, 2.28 goals against average, .926 save% and 5 shutouts) could very well be the most important player in this series. While the Senators' health appears to be rounding into form just in time for the playoffs, it appears the Bruins are set to start without their No. 2 and No.3 blueliner.

Mostly, no. Boston is the better team, but most Sens fans still have bad memories of the Battle of Ontario. Murray was scheduled to get the nod in the playoff opener but was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body injury during warm-ups. Fellow defenseman Brandon Carlo (upper body) will miss Game 1.

Bruins: He's not expected to play in Game 1 and perhaps beyond, and that makes Torey Krug, or the lack thereof, an X-factor in this series. With the Bruins blue-line depleted Charlie McAvoy, 19, made his National Hockey League debut.

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Of course, this isn't the way Boucher conducted practice during the regular season, but things are different come playoff time, when every move is examined in great detail - even a switch of the fourth-line wingers. Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci, Marc Methot, Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith all missed games this season. Captain Zdeno Chara is also enjoying a bounce-back year as he enters the final hole on the back nine of his career.

With Krejci out, the second line became Riley Nash centering Matt Beleskey on the left and David Backes on the right.

McAvoy hardly resembled a rookie as the tilt dragged on, as the skilled blue liner logged plenty of ice time and impressed on Boston's power play - playing a key role in Boston's come-from-behind win in Game 1 of the first-round series. The B's fought back from a furious second-period Ottawa Senator attack to win game one, 2-1.

Ottawa swept the Bruins in their four divisional games, and two of them were decided by one goal or less. With the potential of a makeshift defensive unit protecting him for multiple games, performing at a similarly elite level to what he's done in his previous 34 playoff contests (21 wins, a 1.92 GAA) is a must for the Finnish netminder.


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